Marjorie Lola (Buck) Shepard
Marjorie Shepard ,91, passed away Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at Helen Porter Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury.
She was born September 29, 1926 in Newport Center, VT the daughter of Archie and Flora Russell Buck.
Attending first a one room school and then Johnson College on an accelerated program to earn her teaching degree. Marge had a unique ability to figure kids out and understand they need to be heard, valued and supported which she learned from her mother and an incredible work career that spanned that when the children were young until her retirement in her mid-80â€™s.
Graduating from Johnson with her teaching degree Margeâ€™s future was settled with the meeting of Urban Roy Shepard Sr. and the couple married on August 18, 1946.They moved Bridport to work on the Durivage Farm and she is survived by her children, Starr (Terry) Phillips, Sonia Holmes, Jolleen Shepard, Crysta Rainey; 22 grandchildren, 40 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. She is also predeceased by her husband Urban Roy Shepard Sr., and son Urban Roy Shepard Jr., and daughter Sheryl Ouellette.
She stayed home with her children as her mother had with her, Marge entered the workforce full tilt again at age fifty-two. For the next twenty-three years she worked in the kitchen at Job Corps in Vergennes and became part-time mother, counselor and sometimes even friend to youth ages sixteen-twenty-six from all over New England. Then she worked in the kitchen of Vergennes Union High School from age 75-83. Marge became known to many as the smiling face that never lost the ability to make any day a bit better.
Marge has the incredible numbers to report of six children, twenty-two grandchildren and forty great grandchildren, it is the memories of family meals, birthday parties and conversations that fill her heart and leave a legacy of family love.
Visiting hours will be held on Monday, June 25th at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes from 10 a.m. to Noon. A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. on Monday, June 25th at Victory Baptist Church. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery in Addison. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, VT 05495, or Helen Porter Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, 30 Porter Drive, Middlebury, VT 05753. To send online condolences to her family please visit brownmcclayfuneralhomes.com